Rotary’s Dragons Den funds eight local charities

EIGHT local charities were successful in their pitches for funding from Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club’s annual Dragons Den.

Despite a reduction in their own funding because lockdown meant the Santa float could not tour in 2020, club members unanimously agreed to continue with the Dragons Den this year.

After successfully running the Rotary Local Heroes event on Zoom in 2020 the club put their virtual meeting skills to use again to host the Den.

Eight shortlisted local charities were invited to join club members on Zoom and give a short presentation on their project to the Rotary Dragons – new member Danny Power, community chair Ian Cochrane and president elect and club member Jan Jackson.

After a short interlude to deliberate, the Dragons returned and club president Judi Kelly announced their donating decisions:

Huts Team at Noah’s ART

• You Can Youth Carrbrook, £250 towards the cost of plants and equipment to renovate the garden
• Friends of Dukinfield Old Hall Chapel, £250 towards the costs involved in transferring the site to preserve the chapel for the future
• Noah’s A.R.T. Dukinfield, £250 towards the fitting out of the outdoor therapy huts
• Dukinfield Moravian Church Hamper Outreach Project, £250 towards the costs of providing three-day bespoke hampers for local families identified by Family Intervention workers
• Holy Trinity and Christ Church, Stalybridge, £250 towards the costs of creating family gift boxes to nurture the health and well-being of local families
• Dementia Warriors Dukinfield, £250 towards the costs of running the Monday afternoon meetings for those suffering with dementia and their carers
• George’s Kitchen Stalybridge, £250 to assist with the running costs of the kitchen which provides a meal once a week to the elderly and vulnerable in the community
• Barty’s Community Pantry Stalybridge, £250 towards the costs of running the foodbank.

Barty’s foodbank – photography by Anthony Devlin

Judi said: “It’s great to have applications from such a diverse range of local charities and to be able to put our Rotary funds to good use right across the community.

“The pandemic has shone a light on the valuable work that volunteers do to help the vulnerable and foster community life.

“Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club is proud to support their work with our donations.”

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